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Win the Bed Bugs Battle

Mice and rats may induce a squeal, a shriek or a shudder. Spiders might cause you to jump and the threat of termites eating away at your house will have you calling for help. But there are few pests that can cause a sheer panic more than the way the cute but odorous skunk commands with its mere presence.
Having skunks in your yard will send most people running and for good reason. A skunks spray can reach up to 15 feet. This powerful defense mechanism is a highly evolved weapon. It can even ward off a bear. The stench is notoriously hard to remove and can last for several days. The smell can cause nausea, vomiting, irritation of the skin and even temporary blindness. Even the relatively unskilled human nose can detect a skunk’s spray for up to a mile downwind.
For all the power in the spray, skunks are usually reluctant to use it. They carry about 5 to 6 sprays worth at any given time. Once this supply is exhausted, it will take about 10 days for the skunk to produce another load. This leaves the animal defenseless and vulnerable. They will bite as well as spray if necessary. Their bite is as worrisome as their stink. Skunks, like other pests, can carry rabies.
If a skunk decides to move in under your deck or in your foundation, it can be hard to evict. They will reuse a den from year to year. Females tend to den in groups that may grow as large as a dozen animals. Here are a few tips on making sure you aren’t forced to share your home with them.
Cut off the food sources.
Skunks are omnivores. They eat just about anything they can reach. This includes bugs and grubs, garbage, pet food and nearly anything else at or near ground level. If they don’t have an easy food source nearby, they will be less likely to stick around.
– Keep a tight lid on your trash cans to prevent foraging.
– Don’t leave pet food out overnight.
– Clean up under birdfeeders.
– Use environmentally sound pest control measures to cut down on lawn insects like grubs.
Bar their entry.
Barrier methods are effective on skunks and many other mammalian pests. Block off any access to the foundation and under porches and decks. The skunk is a great digger so be sure that the barrier is sunk fairly deep in the ground. He can slip through a hole as small as 4 inches in diameter so it should fit tightly. On the plus side, he is a lousy climber so it won’t need to be very high.
Call in a pro.
If you do find that a skunk has adopted your home, don’t hesitate to call a skunk exterminator. He may be able to trap and relocate your smelly inhabitant without setting off his most powerful weapon.…

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What Everyone Needs To Know About Caring For Cats

 

Would you save an animal if you could? Many cats are available for those who can offer a loving home. All that is needed is for someone to adopt them and offer proper care. These things can be learned about within this article.

Make frequent checkups with your vet to keep your cat healthy. There are shots and vaccinations that are standard and necessary for your cat. Try to keep the same vet during the life of your pet. This one vet will be aware of the cat’s history.

Take your cat to the vet every year. They need a routine check-up every year, maybe more of important shots are necessary. If there are obvious issues with your cat, it needs to see the vet immediately. Don’t wait!

Never use something that is intended for a canine on your feline. It is possible that a dog’s product could cause a serious adverse effect on a cat. Flea products for dogs are one of the worst products to give a cat. Dog flea prevention products will kill your cat. Once you use flea prevention products on your dog, it should be kept separately from the cat for hours.

You can keep your cat away from electrical cords by spraying them with some bitter apple. If your cat plays with cords, put them up and out of the way, or you can hide them in old paper towel rolls. You can bundle loose cords into paper towel rolls that are old. Put away electronics that have tempting, thin cords when you’re not using them.

Your cat can devastate your furniture with its claws. If your beloved feline friend is shredding and damaging parts of your home, try investing in a cat tower or a scratching post. When your cat scratches inappropriately, redirect him to the scratching post. Your cat will eventually understand they should only use the post or tower for scratching.

Chances are, your feline spends many hours grooming himself. However, if it has a lot of hair, hairballs can occur. Buy your cat specialized food to prevent this problem. The are specially formulated cat foods that help reduce the instances of hairballs, which is not only good for your cat, but also good for you and your feet in the middle of the night.

When getting a little kitty for your kid, set boundaries beforehand. Make sure your kids know where the cat can be. If you’re raising an indoor cat, inform your kids that the cat can’t go outside. Make sure your children understand the rules from the get go.

Try to figure out why your cat makes meowing sounds. By paying attention, you should eventually learn why your cat is meowing. Possibilities include that she is hungry or wants to be let outside. Make sure you are paying attention in order to better understand your cat.

You should be proud that you are giving love to a cat. You are giving your love and care to someone who needs it very much. The bond you have with your cat will last a lifetime. Take great care of your cat and it will be rewarding.…